14 things to do in Los Angeles

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It’s the end of January, it’s time to rejuvenate the garden, meditate, and have some reminders, for example: Have you finished pruning your roses yet? And planted at least some fragrant, flowering native plants in your yard or containers to support our local birds and pollinators?

This is also the month when we start thinking about delicious summer fruits. If you can build a fruit tree or berry bush on your yard or patio, it’s worth doing in February and early March because nurseries are full of bare-rooted varieties of fruit. Be sure to choose a variety that grows well in your region because some trees, such as apples, pears, and soft fruits such as peaches and cherries, require a certain number of “refrigeration hours” – hours where the temperatures range from 32 to 45 degrees. to produce fruit. Thus, most Southern California gardeners need trees that require little cooling.

The California Rare Fruit Growers website lists nurseries that sell a wide variety of fruit trees, but notes that the list is not exhaustive. Contact your organization’s local departments, such as the Foothill chapter in the San Gabriel Valley or the West Los Angeles chapter, for advice on the best-growing varieties in your region and to keep an eye out after a pandemic, as these chapters usually offer classes on pruning and growing all kinds of fruit, whether rare or not.

And just a quick note on the native plant front: MyNB, an app for the city of Newport Beach, now includes photos and information about native plants growing in the city’s Civic Center Park and sculpture exhibition near Fashion Island and the Pacific Coast Highway. .

Here’s our new list of plant and garden events in Los Angeles through February. Email garden and plant events jeanette.marantos@latimes.com at least three weeks before they happen and we can add them to the calendar.

January 22

Saturday’s restoration of the Santa Monica Mountains Fund in Cheeseboro Canyon 5792 Chesebro Road, Agoura, 9 a.m. to noon. Help the National Park Service restore an oak savannah by planting native plants in a canyon that burned during the 2018 Woolsey Fire. Participation is free, but precautions are required due to COVID precautions. A mask will be needed if the volunteers are working within six feet of each other. Children aged 5 and over can be accompanied by an adult. Bring water, sunscreen and a sunscreen and wear hiking clothing: Closed-toe shoes, trousers and a long-sleeved shirt are recommended. Gloves and tools are provided. eventbrite.com

January 22-23

Southern California Camellia Society 72nd “Early” Camellia Show at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, January 22 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm and January 23 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. January 22: 30 p.m. The lecture is free for visitors after paying $ 15 for admission to the garden ($ 11 for students over 65 and ID card, $ 5 for children ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are free). The use of an indoor mask is mandatory. socalcamelliasociety.org

Baiko-En Bonsai Shoe Society Introduces Winter Silhouettes Bonsai a demonstration of the only deciduous, miniaturized trees in the U.S. at the LA Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, both days from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The lecture is free for visitors after paying $ 15 for admission to the garden ($ 11 for seniors aged 62 and older and ID card students, $ 5 for children ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are free). Non-members must purchase their tickets online for timed entry, and wearing a mask is mandatory indoors. arboretum.org

January 28

Basics of native plant maintenance at Theodore Payne Foundation Nursery, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley from 9 a.m. to 10:15 p.m., native plant fan Erik Blank, a nursery staff member, walks participants through Theodore Payne’s demonstration gardens to explain good maintenance techniques. Participants should wear closed shoes and be prepared to walk for approximately an hour on sometimes steep and uneven surfaces. Participants must confirm full COVID-19 vaccination or have a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the hour. The mask is mandatory both indoors and outdoors. Register online for $ 15 or $ 12 members. eventbrite.com

January 29

Help GrowGood Farm digging and planting in the fields, gardens and orchards. They are having a volunteer day

on the first and third Saturday of each month at 5600 Rickenbacker Road in Bell, from 9 a.m. to noon. The farm is also open to volunteers on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Accompanied by an adult, children over the age of 12 can be accommodated. A mask is mandatory, and volunteers should bring a cap and sunscreen, preferably a bottle, gloves and hand tools. Volunteers are asked to work at least six feet apart for safety against COVID-19. Space is limited, register online. Grow-good.org

This ground, silly! How to get the most out of your soil organically a class at Cook’s Garden, 1033 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. . You can also get tips for maintaining your biosphere or living organisms that preserve your garden. The staff of the department is 20 people. Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present the vaccination card at the door. $ 35. thecooksgardenvenice.com

January 29-30

6th Annual Camellia Exhibition of the Southern California Camellia Society at the LA Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, Jan. 1 through 4:30 p.m. and Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. January 29 at 10:30. The lecture is free for visitors after paying $ 15 for admission to the garden ($ 11 for seniors and students aged 62 and over, $ 5 for children ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are free). Non-members must purchase their tickets online for timed entry, and wearing a mask is mandatory indoors. socalcamelliasociety.org

February 4

California native container plants – an hour on growing native plants in pots, Flora Ito, Head of Nursery Sales, Theodore Payne Foundation, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley, 9 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. Participants must prove full vaccination. COVID-19 or negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the hour. The mask is mandatory both indoors and outdoors. Register online for $ 25 or $ 20 members. eventbrite.com

February 6

Who eats my garden?, a class at Cook’s Garden, 1033 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on organic pest control and effective fertilization. The lesson begins with a lecture and ends with hands-on experience on the farm’s production beds. Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present the vaccination card at the door. thecooksgardenvenice.com

February 12-13

49th Annual Camellia Exhibition of the Southern California Camellia Society at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanic Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, February 12 from 1 to 5 p.m., and February 13 from 10 to 5 p.m. February 12 at 10:30. The lecture is free for visitors after receiving $ 29 admission to the gardens ($ 24 for seniors 65 and older, active military and ID card students, $ 13 for ages 4-11. Members and children under 4 are free). ) The use of an indoor mask is mandatory. socalcamelliasociety.org

February 15-19

Theodore Payne Foundation Winter Plant Sale at the Foundation’s Nursery School, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Members receive a 15% discount and non-members receive a 10% discount on all plant, seed and primer equipment. It is mandatory to wear a mask in the area. Admission is free, but shoppers must pre-register for certain dates and times. All bookings are for one vehicle with a maximum of four passengers (who do not need to book separately). eventbrite.com

February 19

Apple Vaccination Workshop with Arnold Bernstein at Ganna Walska in Lotusland, Cold Spring Road, Montecito from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The class explains how to graft a desired branch or bud into a compatible new tree to create fruit from the mother tree. This process is used to produce most fruits. we consume. In this hands-on workshop, participants will inoculate and take home a half-dwarf apple tree that meets the coastal climate. We provide all materials. A mask is required in the workshop. Register online. $ 125 ($ 95 for Lotusland members). In case of heavy rain, the clock will miss. lotusland.org

February 19-20

16th Annual Exhibition of the Pacific Camellia Society at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, February 19 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm and February 20 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. February 19: 30 p.m. The lecture is free for visitors after receiving $ 15 admission to the gardens ($ 11 for students over 65 and ID card, $ 5 for children ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are free). The use of an indoor mask is mandatory. americancamellias.com

February 26-27

Southern California Camellia Council 62nd Spring Camellia Exhibition at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, February 26 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm and February 27 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. and San Diego County, as well as the Pacific Camellia Society and the Southern California Camellia Society. On February 26, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the general public can nominate their own camellia flowers for judging. The exhibit is free for visitors after receiving $ 15 admission to the garden ($ 11 for students 65 and older and ID card, $ 5 for children). 5-12 years old. Members and children under 5 are free. The use of an indoor mask is mandatory. socalcamelliasociety.org

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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